49ers regret passing on WR Baldwin

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49ers regret passing on WR Baldwin

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers have not made many mistakes on or off the field during this calendar year. But coach Jim Harbaugh 'fessed up to a blunder that was made in late-April."We should've drafted Doug," Harbaugh said this week, in reference to Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who played for Harbaugh at Stanford."He's done a great job," Harbaugh said. "(I'm) proud of him."Receiver Ronald Johnson, a sixth-round pick from USC, is the lone 49ers pick whom the club cut and did not retain on the practice squad. The 49ers went with undrafted rookie Joe Hastings of Washburn on the practice squad, instead.
But the 49ers aren't the only team that missed on Baldwin, who was not among the 28 wide receivers drafted. Baldwin said this week that Harbaugh called him during the draft to inform him that the 49ers would not be able to select him. But Harbaugh told him that he was on their radar as an undrafted free agent.RELATED: Doug Baldwin 2011 game logs
However, Baldwin says the Seahawks were the first team to call him after the lockout. The Seahawks showed the most interest in him, and he decided it was his best fit.Baldwin leads the Seahawks with 46 catches for 731 yards. He is looking to become the first undrafted rookie to lead his team in both receptions and receiving yards since Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers in the AFL in 1960."I don't think we would've thought he'd be our leading receiver, but we were excited about getting him after the draft," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "We had to fight a lot of teams that wanted him. He's been a really exiting player, not just catching ball but contributing on special teams, too."Baldwin caught a 55-yard touchdown pass against the 49ers in his NFL debut. In Week 14 against the St. Louis Rams, he became the first player to score a touchdown and block a punt in the same game since 2000 and was named NFC special teams player of the week.There might be some surprise that Baldwin is faring so well as a rookie, but Baldwin said he is not shocked that his old coach has been able to turn things around in San Francisco."I knew he'd come in with the same mentality," Baldwin said. "He has a lot of talent there in San Francisco. I'm not surprised because of the way he coaches and gets people to rally around him and buy into the program."I knew they would be successful. But I didn't think they'd be this far along in the process this early."

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

The 49ers reportedly continue to pursue Gus Bradley to serve as defensive coordinator on presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

The 49ers have increased their offer to Bradley, Mike Siliver of the NFL Network reported on Friday. Bradley wanted to work with Tom Cable, according to the report.

Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday but removed his name from consideration on Tuesday after he and Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner sensed their 49ers’ interest in them intended to receive a commitment from Shanahan, sources told CSNBayArea.com.

Bradley served as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to ’12. In Bradley’s final season on Pete Carroll’s staff, Seattle ranked first in the NFL in points allowed and fourth in total yards.

Bradley became head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. His teams went 14-48 before he was fired with two games remaining in the season.

The 49ers this week inquired with the Chicago Bears about the possibility of bringing back Vic Fangio to the organization to serve as defensive coordinator. The 49es were informed, according to a source, that the Bears would not let Fangio out of his contract. Fangio was the defensive coordinator for all four seasons with the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh.

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Former 49ers coach Jim Tomsula reportedly interviewed this week for the New Orleans Saints’ defensive line job.

Tomsula, 48, who was fired as head coach of the 49ers after a 5-11 record in 2015, spent last season out of the football. He interviewed with Saints coach Sean Payton to replace fired line coach Bill Johnson, the Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reported, citing two sources.

Tomsula was hired as head coach to replace Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers announced a “mutual parting” with Harbaugh following the team’s 8-8 season of 2014.

Tomsula was well-regarded as the organization’s defensive line coach from 2007 to ’14.